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Chapter Six. Photographing Places

Chapter Six. Photographing Places

Photographing the so-called spirit of a place is, at the best of times, a bit of a tall order. For one thing, there is probably not one single spirit that defines any given place, so trying to capture it is presumptuous at best. For another, places—like people—change with time and season. I am not the same person I was last year, and my mood changes daily. The same goes for places. The New York you experience in December will be different from the New York you experience in August. Also, just as people are often different, depending on who they are with at the time, so too will places seem different from person to person. Cutting through these challenges and taking photographs that not only remind you of a place—but that also reveal that place to others—is the task of the photographer who sets out to capture the spirit of a place.

Ethiopia, on the way to Lalibela. All wisdom to the contrary, I shot this while leaning out the window of a Land Cruiser at 40 mph. Not a technique I recommend. Next time I will get the driver to stop.

Canon 20D, 17mm, 1/800 @ f/9, ISO 400


  

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